The Missouri business community building a more vibrant Missouri economy


“Now more than ever, Hawthorn stands as a wonderful example of public and private partners working together to ensure Missouri remains a great place to locate, start or expand a business.”
— Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon

Ex-officio members:

Senator Kit Bond (1973-1977, 1981-1985)

General John Ashcroft (1985-1993)

Governor Roger Wilson (2000-2001)

Governor Bob Holden (2001-2005)

Governor Matt Blunt (2005-2009)

Governor Jay Nixon (since 2009)


Hawthorn's Newest Members

The Hawthorn Foundation is a highly diverse group of Missouri leaders in business, education, economic development, healthcare and labor dedicated to the development of a vibrant economy for the state of Missouri. Hawthorn was created as a non-partisan, non-political organization of Missouri-based businesses and community leaders in statewide business recruitment, retention and development efforts. Today, this private investment by some of Missouri’s most prominent business leaders oversees and funds four primary activities:

  • Trade mission support
  • Economic development marketing and business recruitment through the Missouri Partnership
  • Support for the expansion of Missouri's Innovation Campuses
  • Support and advocate for the military footprint in Missouri